As activists gear up for a renewed Occupy Wall Street protest for Monday’s one year anniversary of the movement’s founding, the New York Police Department is gearing up the harassment and arrests.
CODEPINK co-director Rae Abileah was arrested, also for no apparent reason; there is speculation that the NYPD had specific individuals targeted for arrest in order to take down the “leaders” of the movement. Since OWS is a leaderless movement, that’s not a tactic that will work very well. (For background on NYPD harassment, see the“Free Speech Threat Assessment” reports the ACLU has been assembling.)
Two journalists were also arrested.
Watch the videos, as police indiscriminately step in and arrest people for no apparent reason. Particularly egregious is the point where, after discussing appropriate police tactics with a legal observer for the American Civil Liberties Union, the police turn around and arrest her and take her away. Her crime? Unknown at this time.